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I've been trying to describe this record for the past two hours, but my brain seems to have collapsed into a lysergic stew of tapiocan consistency. Now, you could attribute this to the extra large helping of THC I ingested before leaving the house this morning, but you'd be incorrect, and should you click on the clips you'll instantly know why...then forget, fall into your own tapiocan froth and remember once again. This record is magnificent.
According to the press release (though my Google search matched no documents) Cutmaster Singh is one of Leicester's unsung DJ heroes from the brief and brillant time in the late 80s and early 90s, when musicians were fusing Acid House with Bhangra. For this record, Cutmaster Singh has dug out a selection of his own edits from back in the day, along with the HUGE "Acid Agah" an unreleased 1994 dubplate that more recently you might have heard being championed by Mr Scruff. Supercharged tabla gallop underneath a relentless, tunneling acid line of corrosive quality while occasional blasts of Bhangra vocals and trilling strings land on top. Every part of me yearns for this to really be from '94, but surely it's a contemporary fix - it can't be this good, but utterly unknown, right? "Rani" operates in the synth pop / EBM sphere, once again employing a powerhouse acid line along with hefy drum machines and soulful pop pads. On the B1, "Nachdi Drums" hammers you into a dancing trance with crashing percussion, before more traditional instrumentation takes the lead. Finally "Balle Shava" turns up the tape fx to blast through some bubbling acid-laced electrodisco on a slight freestyle tip. Mega!
Patrick says: I cannot even begin to describe how good this 12" is! From the rabid acid of the A1, through the freestyle Asian fusion of Rani and Balle Shava and the clattering percussion tool Nachdi Drums, each of these cuts will cause utter mayhem on any dancefloor, any time. Amazing!
A1. Acid Agah (original 1994 Dubplate Mix)
A2. Rani (edit)
B1. Nachdi Drums (edit)
B2. Balle Shava (edit)